Res­ur­rec­tion Shuf­fle

Holden’s halo car could shine on

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@cars­

HOLDEN’S SS hero car could res­cue the Com­modore from death row.

Plans are be­ing hatched for the SS V8 to live on be­yond the life­span of the com­ing VF Com­modore, set for 2016, pro­vided that US and Aus­tralian per­for­mance-car fans are still pre­pared to pay.

Holden says it could con­tinue with a low-vol­ume VF SS on its pro­duc­tion line in Ade­laide af­ter the cut-off date for the cur­rent Com­modore, which is set to be re­placed by a Gen­eral Mo­tors global model.

That would mean three mod­els in the same fac­tory, with the com­pact Cruze run­ning along­side the SS and the new car. ‘‘ We are con­sid­er­ing all op­tions . . . but won’t dis­cuss specifics at this stage,’’ Holden chair­man Mike Dev­ereux tells Cars­guide.

One of his pre­de­ces­sors as Holden boss, Mark Reuss, be­lieves a long-term SS is pos­si­ble if ex­port de­mand is as strong as ex­pected in the US.

Reuss knows what is pos­si­ble at the Holden fac­tory in El­iz­a­beth, South Aus­tralia.

Now the boss of Gen­eral Mo­tors in the US, he led the push to take the SS to Amer­ica as a Chevro­let as well as Chevy’s NASCAR rac­ing spear­head. A Com­modore badged as a Chevro­let SS (pic­tured) was the pace car at this year’s Day­tona 500.

‘‘ We can sell this for as long as we can make it and sell it,’’ he says of the rear-wheel drive mus­cle car.

He is a long-term fan of the Com­modore SS and knows the pulling power it has in Aus­tralia, as well as its po­ten­tial to bring buy­ers to US Chevro­let deal­er­ships.

‘‘ What if we have a re­ally cool, loyal buyer base? What if we had that? What if it be­comes the rea­son to go into a Chevro­let deal­er­ship?’’ he says.

‘‘ What if we say we’re not go­ing to do it any more and there is an up­roar say­ing that we want th­ese? What if that hap­pens, what would you do?’’

The de­ci­sion on the SS does not have to be made for some time, prob­a­bly not un­til 2015, but Reuss is al­ready keen to find a way to keep the Com­modore go­ing.

‘‘ I think that is a pretty good idea,’’ he says. ‘‘ You need an­other body shop to keep it go­ing, so what? There are two body shops in a place peo­ple said we could only have one.

‘‘ They said we couldn’t do it but we did do it. It is paid for, it’s all there.’’

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